Facebook today began rolling out its own live audio rooms, another feature designed to function like Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces. Audio rooms takes place inside the Facebook app allowing creators to host rooms and invite others to join the conversation.
Facebook is making Audio Rooms visible to everyone by making it appear on top of News Feed and Stories on its app. Viewers or listeners can buy Stars; an in-app gift created to allow creators to monetize their stream. Facebook will reward creators with $0.01 for every Star they receive during a live session. The company is also rolling out podcasts. Live audio rooms are only available in the US for now on the iOS app to verified public figures and select Groups on Facebook.
All Facebook US users will be able to listen to live audio rooms and podcasts starting from this week. Facebook is letting room hosts moderate audio rooms just like the way Clubhouse operates in which those breaking the rules can be removed. For Groups, admins can who can create live audio rooms such as moderators, group members or other admins. Privacy rules apply to audio rooms on Groups and this means members and visitors in public groups can listen, but only group members will be able to listen in private groups.
Facebook is rolling out the podcast support with a few select creators for now which includes Joe Budden of The Joe Budden Podcast; “Jess Hilarious” of Carefully Reckless from The Black Effect Podcast Network and iHeartRadio; Keltie Knight, Becca Tobin, and Jac Vanek of The LadyGang; and Nicaila Matthews Okome of Side Hustle Pro. More podcasters are expected to join in the coming weeks.
Facebook becomes the latest company to compete with Clubhouse after Spotify rolled out its Greenroom app.
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